HardwareBee has launched a free calculator to find out whether an FPGA or ASIC will be more cost effective in a design, highlighting all the design considerations.
It asks engineers to fill in the ASIC costs:
- Development NRE – cost of the ASIC development efforts (engineers and EDA tools)
- Maskset NRE – cost of maskset and MPW required for wafer production
- IP NRE – total cost of all IPs needed for the ASIC (for example: PLL, A/D, SERDES, etc)
- Package NRE – cost of package design and tooling
- Test NRE – the cost of the test solution (wafer sort, final test).
- Unit Cost – cost of the ASIC unit in production
- Lifetime Volume – the number of ASICs you plan to produce over the entire project lifetime
- Development NRE – cost of the FPGA development efforts (engineers)
- IP NRE – total cost of all IPs needed for the FPGA (for example: HDLC, Video Compression etc)
- Unit Cost – cost of the FPGA unit in production
- Lifetime Volume – the number of FPGAs you plan to produce over the entire project lifetime
The calculator is at hardwarebee.com/fpga-vs-asic-calculator/